Written and directed by Austin filmmaker Chinwe Okorie, the semi-autobiographic short drama Elephant! focuses on the racial prejudice a black preteen faces when she starts at a predominately white private school. Amara’s honesty and integrity is quickly called into question when she reports that an absent white classmate had told her previous day that she intended to commit suicide. Elephant stars Ava Dallesandro as Amara and Chloe Van De Graaf as absent classmate Holly. Elephant!, which premiered locally at the Austin Film Festival, is now available to stream at Vimeo. Chinwe Okorie also directed the short films Lovebites and Richard Cory.
Aired: Dec. 6, 2022.